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OPENS FRIDAY | 03.07

‘Other Wright Brother’ exhibit

The North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, about to celebrate its first anniversary April 7, opens “Katharine Wright: The Other Wright Brother,” on March 7, going through April 26.

This traveling exhibit curated by the International Women’s Air and Space Museum at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland (216-623-1111 or iwasm.org), and presented with help from the Zonta Club of Myrtle Beach, shares details of the woman often deemed “Third Wright Brother.” She traveled with Orville and Wilbur Wright from their native Ohio to help them promote their invention, and spoke often for them amid their shy nature.

The exhibit is free with admission – $5 for ages 19-59, $4 ages 60 and older, $3 ages 6-17, free ages 5 and younger. Find the museum, at 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach, in the former Horry County Memorial Library North Myrtle Beach branch (which moved to 910 First Ave. S., near city hall). It’s open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays.

Two other special museum events this month are:

• Sweetgrass Basket Workshop, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 22, with Vera Manigault, an eighth generation weaver, for $65 (members $55); preregistration required at 427-7668.

• For Women’s History Month, “Flying with the Wright Family: Wings of Opportunity” program with Julie Hedgepeth Williams, author, discussing Wilbur and Orville Wright’s stint with a flight school in Montgomery, Ala., 7 p.m. March 25, for $5 adults, $3 youth.

More details at www.nmbmuseum.com.

THIS WEEKEND ONLY | Through 03.08, 03.09

Musicals ‘Shrek,’ ‘Fame,’ and Long Bay’s opera night

Two local high schools have begun a weekend with big-name plays:

• “Shrek the Musical,” by students in grades 3-12, 7 p.m. March 6-9 and 3 p.m. March 8-9, at Socastee High School, on S.C. 707, near Dick Pond Road. $12 or $17. 293-9041 or socasteeperformingarts.com.

• “Fame the Musical,” 7 p.m. March 6-8, and 2 p.m. March 8, at St. James High School, at S.C. 707 and Salem Road, in Burgess community, for $8. 650-5600.

Also, the Long Bay Symphony presents “An Evening at the Opera,” featuring Kirstin Chávez, mezzo-soprano, Carolina Master Chorale (www.caroinamasterchorale.com), and Litchfield Ballet Company of Litchfield Beach, at 4 p.m. March 9 at Myrtle Beach High School, on Grissom Parkway, between 29th and 38th avenues North. The program includes Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” and “Aïda,” Saint-Saëns’ “Samson and Delilah,” Bizet’s “Carmen” and Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and “Magic Flute.” Tickets are $40, $45 or $50, and $15 for students 22 and younger with ID. Join Maestro Charles Jones Evans at 3:15 p.m. in the school cafeteria for a pre-concert talk. Details at 448-8379 or www.longbaysymphony.com.

OPENS MONDAY | 03.10

‘Out of Hobcaw’ exhibit at CCU

Coastal Carolina University’s Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, in Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, on the main campus in Conway, will take a Lowcountry tone and hue March 10-April 4 with the “Maura Kenny: Out of Hobcaw” solo exhibition.

The works in watercolor and mixed-media paintings show scenes from the historic Hobcaw Barony, a 16,000-acre wildlife refuge and former rice plantation on U.S. 17 just north of Georgetown (546-4623.or www.hobcawbarony.org), which had this exhibition in its Discovery (welcome) center to close 2013.

Meet Kenny, a professor of visual arts at CCU for about 25 years, on March 20, with a gallery talk at 2 p.m. and opening reception 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The gallery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, with free admission. Details at 349-6454 (call to arrange up-close parking for anyone with a disability or mobility matter) or www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery.

ENDING SATURDAY | 03.08

Shag dance championships

The nation’s top 43 shag couples have gathered this weekend for the 31st National Shag Dance Championships, March 6-8, at the Spanish Galleon, in OD Beach & Golf Resort, 98 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach.

After the kickoff at 8 p.m. March 6, for which tickets are $15, competition continues at 7:30 p.m. March 7-8, and respective admission is $20 and $25.

Dancers are grouped into Junior, Senior, Professional, Non-Professional and Masters couple divisions, and one pair will be named “Overall National Shag Dance Champions.” Diane DeVaughn Stokes and Tom Hamrick return as the master or ceremonies and disc jockey, respectively.

Winners will share in more than $17,000 in cash and prizes, and each night will complete one third of each couple’s total score. The secund night’s opening will include a salute to veterans with the North Myrtle Beach High School Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Also, with $86,000 received by past competitions, at least one recipient will be awarded a Beth Mitchell Memorial Scholarship, a fund that has benefited 17 contestants through the years. Details at 222-6706 or www.shagnationals.com.

SATURDAY | 03.08

Tour benefits museum, home of Spillane exhibit

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum will roll out six welcome mats March 8 for its 14th annual Spring Tour of Homes, and begin a Mickey Spillane exhibit March 12.

This museum benefit, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., covers six sites, toured at guests’ leisure and order. Tickets are $40 advance or $45 day of tour, available from the museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, across from Midway Par 3 and Springmaid Beach Resort. Also, an optional buffet luncheon 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, is $17.

Also, the museum presents “I, the Writer: A Collection of Mickey Spillane Memorabilia,” March 12-April 20. Special related events on four successive Wednesdays are (free, but reservations required at 238-2510):

• 2 p.m. March 12 – “My Life with Mickey,” lecture and book signing with Jane Spillane, his widow.

• 2 p.m. March 19 – “Kiss Me, Deadly” (book), presentation and discussion, with Daniel Turner from Coastal Carolina University.

• 1 p.m. March 26 – “Kiss Me, Deadly” (film), screening and discussion, with David Zinman, host of annual “Friday Night at the Movies” classic film festival at Georgetown County Library’s Waccamaw Neck branch in Pawleys Island, and author of “50 Classic Motion Pictures: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of – A Selection of Vintage Films from Hollywood’s Golden Age.”

• 1 p.m. April 2 – “My Life with Mickey,” a conversation with Patricia O’Connor, The Athenaeum Press director, and Andrew Lesh, CCU student collaborator.

Also at the museum, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, with free admission, see:

• “Julyan Davis: Appalachian Ballads,” through March 16

• “FiberArt International 2013” and “State of the Art: Recent Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection,” both through April 24

• “Horry/Georgetown High Schools 13th Annual Juried Art Exhibition,” March 23-April 20.

More details at www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.

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